A surprising puff piece from Chris Keall in the NBR sings the praises of Telecom’s Chorus Division’s cabinet roll out:
The Telecom division is now half way through its government-mandated project to roll-out 3600 roadside fibre optic cable cabinets around neighborhoods nationwide. Each shortens the distance that data has to travel over an older copper line on its way to a phone exchange.
The aim is to give 80% of New Zealanders access to a 10Mbit/s to 20Mbit/s internet connection by the end of 2011.
Costing north of $1 billion, it’s the largest telecommunications infrastructure project currently under way across Australia or New Zealand.
While it’s great that Telecom are spending money on infrastructure my understanding was that cabinetisation was less than optimal.
I was cabinetised recently – I found out when my internet disappeared and connected that event with the chap playing with wires in a box down the road.
To reconnect I needed to downgrade from naked ADSL 2.0 (no phone number required) to an ADSL 1.0 product which required that I start paying for a telephone number. I have yet to plug in a phone, and resent paying the extra dollars each month.
I’m a decent distance from the exchange and as xDSL degrades over distance the cabinet process worked, and my average connection speeds went up. I now get 12 MBPS from my house to to the local Wellington server – so thanks Chorus.
But how good it would be if I was able to use an Orcon ADSL 2.0 connection, and not have to pay for a phone line?
So Chris – I have a couple of questions – maybe you can answer them, or maybe Telecom and Chorus can next time you chat:
- As I understand my ISP, Orcon, cannot put their own ADSL 2.0 (or VDSL for that matter) inside the Chorus cabinet – is that right? (I actually don’t know)
- Indeed are competitors able to get unfettered access to these cabinets?
- Will those cabinets support delivering fibre to the premise? I’d really like really fast two way connectivity.
- Was this really a government mandate as the article says – or just Telecom’s way of delivering to a broadband mandate?
- Can anyone sign up to a Telecom service without committing to a 2 year contract?